It’s official: Microsoft shuts down Home windows for Cellular

Microsoft’s Home windows for Cellular platform is now formally useless. Whereas it already died some time in the past by way of gross sales, the support page on Microsoft has made it official. Microsoft has stopped releasing safety and software program updates for all Home windows mobiles efficient Dec. 10. All technical help for the units additionally ended on the identical date and, which implies no smartphone operating Home windows 10 cell model 1709 will obtain updates.

Right here’s a part of the official announcement from Microsoft:

With the Home windows 10 Cellular OS finish of help, we advocate that prospects transfer to a supported Android or iOS gadget. Microsoft’s mission assertion to empower each particular person and each group on the planet to realize extra, compels us to help our Cellular apps on these platforms and units.

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What about current Home windows cell customers?

As for individuals who nonetheless use Home windows mobiles as their main gadget, Microsoft has introduced that they will again up all of the important information and a few apps till March 10, 2020. Furthermore, some options corresponding to photograph uploads and restoring a Home windows gadget from an current gadget’s backup will proceed to work till the top of 2020.

Whereas the help for the units has ended, customers will nonetheless have the ability to proceed utilizing their Home windows units. Nevertheless, a few of the OS-based options are going to be affected by way of utilization after Dec. 10.

Must you nonetheless use Home windows mobiles?

Though customers will nonetheless have the ability to use their Home windows cell units, it’s not a good suggestion. Any smartphone that doesn’t obtain well timed safety updates is susceptible to cyberattacks. Contemplating the surging number of cyberattacks globally, customers who proceed with Home windows mobiles open themselves as much as critical cyberthreats.

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A fast recap

The primary-ever Home windows OS-powered handsets had been launched within the 12 months 2011. These smartphones had been initially designed and marketed by Nokia because the Nokia Lumia collection of smartphones. In 2014, Microsoft acquired the Lumia collection from Nokia and began to section out Nokia’s identify from the branding. Microsoft then began promoting the Lumia units beneath the Microsoft identify. Whereas the demand for these units was first rate within the preliminary days — due to the fame of Home windows OS for PCs — it quickly began to fall sharply. Microsoft stopped promoting Lumia units in Microsoft shops by the top of 2016.

With the customers dropping in hundreds of thousands, Microsoft confirmed in October 2017 that they’d not manufacture or promote any Home windows OS-based smartphones. Whereas it’s apparent the variety of Home windows cell customers have been falling sharply, there nonetheless are a couple of customers who’re longing on to Home windows handsets. And this announcement from Microsoft is precisely for them.

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